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Remembering Babylon

By Malouf, David

Vintage, 1994. Less than 500g > A picture of Australia at the time of its foundation, focused on the hostility between early British settlers and native Aboriginals. It is essentially the story of a boy caught between both worlds - the "civilised" and the "primitive". previous owner name.. Paperback. Good/None issued. 20cm.



By Upfield Arthur

Angus & Robertson, 1991. A fine copy of this classic Australian Novel. A gripping detective story set in another of the vividly realistic backgrounds which Arthur Upfield made famous and featuring his Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony). Ray Gillen, who won the lottery took a one-way trip for a midnight swim and hasn't been seen since. Book has remainder mark on the bottom compressed edge, very clean pages with no names, foxing etc.. Paperback. Excellent/None issued. 18 Cm.


The Irishman

By O'Conner, Elizabeth

Angus & Robertson, 1960. THE IRISHMAN: A NOVEL OF NORTHERN AUSTRALIA by O'CONNER is a smidgin under 500g to post, 318pp, pages age toned, binding good as gold, dj has edges taped by some "handy person" & there's a previous owner name on the 1st blank page. The Irishman is a Miles Franklin Award-winning novel by Australian author Elizabeth O'Conner. Short info >>> The novel deals with the experiences of Paddy Doolan, an Irish teamster, and his sons in the Gulf Country in the north of Australia. More info >>> Dustjacket synopsis: "The story of Michael Doolan and his development to manhood is appropriately set against the wide background of the Gulf Country in the north of Australia. For Michael's growth from childhood and adolescence, and his long search for his father, Paddy Doolan, is told with a largeness of dimension that is one of the most striking features of this excellent novel. Elizabeth O'Conner is well-known for her light-hearted and deservedly popular book, Steak for Breakfast. In this novel she has moved on to a subject that gives more scope to her unquestioned powers. "Michael is disturbed in childhood by the conflicts that his father seems inevitably to generate - in his family relationships and with his fellow-townsmen. When, later, his living as a teamster is threatened by the advent of motor-transport, Paddy Doolan goes to the coast to sell his team, and Michael, realizing that his father will never return, sets out on his long search for him. "Michael's inarticulate, determined development is emphasized by his father's inherent weaknesses, and also by the decline of the township where they live before the family breaks up. The gold-mines give out, the town declines in prosperity, and its people drift away. It is as though the fortunes of most of the people in the book are shaped and broken by time, whereas Michael, monosyllabic, loyal, and stubborn, shapes his own fortunes. "Elizabeth O'Conner's sense of the dramatic is balanced by her sensitivity and compassion as she traces the fine threads that bind character to character. "Of The Irishman, Eleanor Dark says: Elizabeth O'Conner has the gift of conveying much in a few words; without elaborate analysis, she creates real people, and without overmuch description, she shows a vivid and authentic scene. The perception, tolerance and humour with which she tells her story and reveals her characters make this a book which is often moving, but never sentimental." About the Author: > Elizabeth's O'Conner's life has been set against a background of writers and writing almost since childhood: her father is Eric Lowe, the Australian novelist; her mother has published many short stories; Eleanor Dark, author of The Timeless Land is a friend who has always encouraged her writing. From the back of the dj > Elizabeth O'Conner is the pen name of Barbara McNamara. She was born at Dunedoo, N.S.W., where her father owned a sheep property. She studied art in Adelaide and under Julian Ashton in Sydney; and she was Junior House Mistress on the staff of a Brisbane girls' boarding school. She met her husband while staying on a North Queensland cattle station. For fifteen years he managed Forest Home on the Gilbert River, and is now managing a property nearer the Atherton Tablelands. Besides bringing up four children and looking after a large homestead, Barbara McNamara devotes what time she can spare to writing. . Hardcover. Good to Very Good/Poor. 21.5cm.


The Last Mile Home

By Morrissey, Di

Pan, 1995. The Last Mile Home by by Di Morrissey is 322pp & less than 500g to post, prev. owner name & address. It is 1953 in a small country town in Australia, a time of postwar prosperity and hope. The Holtons are wealthy austere graziers who have lived on the land for generations. The McBrides are a large and loving shearer's family who are new arrivals to the district. When the McBrides' eldest daughter falls in love with the Holtons' only son and heir, the barriers to their love seem overwhelming. But in the end, their love triumphs even over tragedy...and hope and joy are their legacy.. Paperback. Very Good/None issued. 17.5cm.


Gone Troppo

By Culotta, Nino (John O'Grady)

Humorbooks, 1970. Same author as that classic of Australian culture, They're a weird mob - 211pp & less than 500g to post. Gone Troppo is the 10th book by John O’Grady (aka Nino Cullotta). This book is not part of the Weird Mob series, and tells the tale of Bill, a Territory cattleman who goes to the Whitsunday Islands looking for work until the drought breaks. There is plenty of Aussie slang, a bit of verse, a horde of imaginative insults and with characters from different states, possibly the point here is to show how attitudes differ from state to state.. Paperback. Good/No Jacket. Illus. by "Wep". 17.5cm.


Under Twenty-Five: An Anthology

By O'Donovan, Anne, Jayne Sanderson and Shane Porteus, eds, Carey, Peter

Australia: The Jacaranda Press, 1966. Under Twenty-Five: An Anthology, 199pp, over 500g to post, dj has appropriate wear at he upper corners (hence low price). Book has a small pastoral company stamp on 1st page. This is a collation of stories, ideas, photos, poems by people in the bloom of young adulthood. The book has Peter Carey's first published short story. . 1st. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 25 Cm.


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By Marchetta Melina

Penguin, Australia, 2000. "Read this book if you are under the delusion that Australia is a classless society." Robern Morrow, Weekend Australian. Less than 500g to post.. First Penguin. Soft Cover. Good/None issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



By Niland, Darcy

Angus & Robertson, 1955. Previous owner name 1st page. Books is 224pp, less than 500g to post, text block in Very Good condition, dj has edge damage & a few small sections absent. The Shiralee tells the story of the itinerant rural worker Macauley - sometimes described as a 'swagman' or 'swaggie' - who suddenly finds himself taking responsibility for his child. The back of the dj features a bw still from the movie which starred Peter Finch & Dana Wilson.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Fair. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


A Difficult Young Man

By Boyd, Martin

London: Cresset Press, 1955. 276pp & less than 500g to post. Handsome, proud, reprehensible, misunderstood - Dominic Langton is all of these things and more. He is the dark heart of A Difficult Young Man. His brother Guy can scarcely understand where he fits into the pattern of things or what he might do next. Martin Boyd's consistently popular novel is an elegant, witty and compelling family tale about the contradictions of growing up. The winner of the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1956.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 18cm.


Tales of the Convict System: Selected Stories of Price Warung

By Warung, Price (pseud for William Astley

Australia: University of Queensland Press, 1975. 300pp, 600g to post, this is an odd example of an ex-lib book as the book's ingood order AND only has one borrower's stamp on the ticket. lib & cancelled stamps on book. Tales of the Convict System: Selected Stories of Price Warung - (ed by BG Andrews, a Duntroon lecturer) - William Astley (1855-1911), journalist and author under the pseudonym 'Price Warung', was born on 13 August 1855 in Liverpool, England, the second son of Thomas Astley, jeweller, and his wife Mary, née Price. In November 1859 the family of seven arrived in Melbourne and settled at Richmond, where William attended St Stephen's School, and later the Model School in Carlton. Astley began his career as a journalist when in 1875 he edited the Richmond Guardian, and for the next fifteen years he trekked over south-eastern Australia.. Paperback. Very Good/None issued. 21.5cm.



By Shute Nevil

William Heinemann, 1953. Good condition. Clean pages and tight binding. No inscription. Clean boards as well as compressed page edge. 351pp & less than 500g to post. In this futuristic tale, Neville Shute has created a fictional place, which he calls 'Landsborough'. The tale is told via an old man talking with a priest - Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man tells the story of an adventure set decades in the future, in a very different world.. 1st. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


The Ungardeners

By Turner, Ethel

Ward Lock & Co, 1925. 256pp in lovely condition, owner name & 1926 date on first page. The front of the book has an oval paste in image with a somewhat Pre-Raphaelite look about it.. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Ethel Burgess. 19cm.


Miss Bobbie

By Turner, Ethel

Ward Lock, 1897. There is a school presentation plate inside the cover dated 1900. Faults? see photos re these faults > pencilled letters on endpapers, pencil & yellow pencil/chalk on the dedication page, pencilled addition on the last page, front hinge webbing visible & spine faded. 316pp & over 500g to post. Sydney Morning Herald reviewer says in part >> 'Only a fine talent would take these two children without any exaggeration or an extenuation, and make the very page vital with their ways and words. In ."Miss Bobbie" there is an achievement which ranks very high in the literary art of describing a child. << the reviewer is discussing Suds & Miss Bobbie, an orphaned girl placed into a family of boisterous boys. . Hardcover. Very Good/Good/None issued. Illus. by Harold Copping. 19cm.


The Children's Bach

By Garner, Helen

Mcphee Gribble , Australia, 1984. 96 crisp pp, less than 500g to post. Athena and Dexter lead an enclosed family life, innocent of fashion and bound towards a disturbed child. Their comfortable rut is disrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth, a tough nut from Dexter's past. With her three charming, chaotic hangers-on, she draws the couple out into a world whose casual egotism they had barely dreamed of. How can they get home again? reviewer says >> The Children's Bach is the kind of book I wish I'd written. It's taut, self-assured and barrels along without an inch of hand-holding.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good/Good. 22.5cm.


An Outback Marriage

By Paterson, AB Banjo

Viking, 2009. 253pp plus a short catalogue, less than 500g to post. Previous owner name, little bit of spine wear. Banjo Paterson is our best known and most loved bush poet. Less well known, but no less captivating, are his warm and funny novels about Australian life. An Outback Marriage tells of a young Englishman on a tour of the colonies, who gets more than he bargained for when he sets out to find the heir to a fortune. This is the story not of one marriage but several, bringing the whole of colonial society - from the sqauttoracy to cattle rustlers - to vivid, unforgettable life. No writer better captured the heart of early Australia better than Paterson - the landscape, the weather, the trials and the earthy humour that was the key to survival.. Hard Boards. Very Good/None issued.


The Rip

By Drewe, Robert

Penguin, 2009. 216 crisp pp plus catalogue, less than 500g to post. About the book >>> Internationally acclaimed as a novelist and memoirist, Robert Drewe returns to the short-story territory he has made his own. Set against a backdrop - the Australian coast - as randomly and imminently violent as it is beautiful, The Rip reveals the fragility of relationships between husbands and wives, children and parents, friends and lovers. You will find yourself set down in a modern Garden of Eden with a disgraced Adam seeking his Eve; sharing the fears of a small boy in a coastal classroom as a tsunami approaches; in an English jail cell with an Australian surfer on drug charges; watching an American film scout confront his masculinity on a Pacific island; and witnessing a middle-aged farmer contemplating murdering the hippie who stole his wife.. Paperback. Excellent/None issued. 16cm.



By Koch Christopher J.

Viking/Penguin UK, 1995. Christopher Koch's haunting new novel Highways to a War tells the story of Australian Michael Langford, a brilliant, risk taking combat photographer who has stolen into Khmer Rouge Cambodia on an unexplained quest and disappeared. . Book Weighs Over 500 Gms. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Excellent/Excellent. 23 Cm. Remainder.



By Mayne Helga

Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1973. The story of men and women living under the constant threat of violence of nature in the volcano looming over them, and the violence of human hatred and despair. . 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Excellent/Excellent. 22cm.



By Hanrahan Barbara

Chatto and Windus, London, 1980. Set in 1884 in New Zealand.. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Excellent/Excellent. 22cm.



By Raymond, Moore (Neville Ernest)

London: Sylvan Press, 1945. 183pp. Here's the synopsis and information >>> Smiley was a young Australian boy, William Thomas Greevins, who was constantly falling into adventures & mischief in the Australian outback town where he lived and attended Murrumbilla State School. To many Australians (Neville Ernest) Moore Raymond's book "Smiley" is eponymous with a time of simple bush-town naivete, but when it hit the bookshops to great acclaim it was hailed as an Australian Huckleberry Finn and film rights were bought immediately by Sir Alexander Korda. The book's success inspired two followups, Smiley Gets a Gun. London, Sylvian Press, 1947 & Smiley Roams the Road, Hulton Press, 1959. Both these titles fall into the "not too hard to find" category whereas the original is as scarce as can be imagined, eg: one currently listed in Ireland at 3X ours but a later copy. The book, though written for adults, was successfully adapted into a movie screenplay that had a very long gestation as its successive directors sought the ideal character to portray Smiley and an ideal film location. Raymond's brother asserted the three Smiley stories were inspired by memories of hot, dusty little towns of childhood. Moore Raymond was born in Queensland in 1903(4?) at Pimpama and educated at Toowoomba Grammar and then Queensland University. He worked as a freelance journalist, author, broadcaster and actor whilst working in Britain. In 1946 Korda sent Raymond to Australia to find a possible child actors and locations over a three month search. However Korda says he could not find an appropriate director and shelved it. Korda eventually assigned the project to Anthony Kimmins, who had served in Australia in World War Two. He arrived in Australia in March 1950 to begin preproduction and announced he would make the film near Augathella for £100,000. However after actually inspecting the site he doubted it would be useful and he was unable to find an actor he was happy with. Plans to make the movie were delayed again. Kimmins returned to Australia in September 1955 to begin again and after interviewing over 2,000 boys, he cast Colin Peterson as Smiley and Bruce Archer as Joey. Keith Calvert got the Smiley role in "Smiley Gets a Gun". Colin Petersen, the original Smiley, went on to become a drummer in the Bee Gees. Filming started in late October, with the township of Murrumbilla created on an estate at Camden Park. Roles went to Chips Rafferty, Ralph Richardson, John McCallum, Bud Tingwell & Leonard Teale amongst others...... . As part of our literary heritage this book will make a great heirloom gift as a valuable memento of our recent cultural past. Serious literature critics were quite right in their comparisons of the story with Twain's Huckleberry Finn. There's enormous scope to interpret Raymond's book as social commentary on our relationship with Britain, our treatment of the aborigines, class structure and business ethics/morals. This extract by essayist Emma Hamilton is an example of the interpretations put > At the macro-level. Smiley's journey can also be seen as a metaphor for nationhood. Smiley is introduced possessing distinctly adult qualities: he recites poetry and has a large vocabulary, he troubles himself with the romance between school teacher Miss Workman and Sergeant Flaxman, and promises that he will provide dinner for his mother. He is, as many scholars have suggested of Australia itself, 'born modern'. (Extract from the excellent Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand edited by James E. Bennett, Rebecca Beirne). Raymond's writing credits >>> During the 1930s he wrote a number of plays for broadcast on the BBC (mostly for Midland) including the burlesque (in rhyme) The Marmalade Mystery (1935) and the series The House Next Door (1936), the Christmas revue Folly and Mistletoe (with others, 1936), the series How to Make the Best of... (1937), the comedy Twenty-one Days at Sea (1937), Seeing Life (1938), and This Week's Films (1943-44) for the Forces. Raymond was also the film and television critic for the Sunday Dispatch. Moore Raymond died in Barcelona on 13 June 1965, aged 62. A true classic of Australia literature & to find a first edition WITH a dustjacket is just amazing.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Poor. 18.5cm.


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